What kind of GSD do I have ?
Aloha, I yesterday gat a 4yr F PB GSD with beautiful markings from the Humane Society. I have had GSD's in 1965-1975 and now wanted a companion/guard dog. I will give you the traits below, so maybe some of you pros can guide me.
1: This dog has had training because she know the basic stuff, go lay down, sit, down, yes, no etc.
2: She was lost and picked up by Humane Society, chip identified owners, but they did not want her back, (they must be nuts)
3: Non-barker, had small yappy puppy in her kennel and tolerated the nipping of the little dog. She took simple commands from me then and watched EVERY person coming in to the kennel area with enthusiasm. So I suppose she is lonely for her master and she whined a bit
4: I kept her on a leash in my 2 acre closed area, but after 3-4 hours, I decided to let her go. Now she will not leave me by more than 5 feet. I open a drawer, she has to look inside, I go to another room she has to follow, I open the fridge she has to look in.
5: Last nite she came up to my bed every 20 minutes or so to make sure I was there and if I was positive she tried to come into bed with me, so I had to be stern and "Go lay down" and she did, until I stired in my sleep and she tried to nudge me again.
6: My arm is worn out with the tennis ball thing and will get a racket today!!
7: OK I really love this dog and think she is very smart (I have had dimwits before). but here are my questions:
a) the above explanations seem to tell me she misses her master and needs to re-bond, will this happen successfully in a 4 yr old dog? How long can it usually take?
b) I need a guard dog .... will she become defensive after she adjusts to her territory? (I am all alone in a hi theft area wayyyy out in the country.) And BTW I am a 58yr old male in a wheelchair. (she and I went for a walk and she started to really get into pulling me and staying by my side.
Given the info above. What is the best course of training I can pursue? What to avoid? And what type of GSD do I have?